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For an omelet bar, set out various dishes containing such things as: chopped onions, red and green peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, various grated cheeses, plus one egg for each person - whatever you would like in an omelet. In the meantime, have a large pot of water filled halfway, bring to a boil, then turn down to medium-low heat.
Each person takes a small size freezer bag and puts into the bag whatever they like in an omelet, plus one egg. Squeeze gently to break the yoke and mix egg with other ingredients. Press the bag gently to remove most of the air and make certain that the bag is closed tightly.
Gently place the bag into the simmering water for four - six minutes or until the egg has cooked to your liking.
Carefully remove from the water and when you place this on a plate, you have a perfectly shaped omelet made to your liking. Numerous omelet bags can be cooked at the same time with no cooking clean-up.
This is so easy to do that when our oldest grandson was only six, we taught him to make his own.
By Elayne Mills M. from Dalhousie, Nova Scotia
This is a great recipe for feeding a large crowd at an open house or family holiday gathering! Also good for camping. No oil or frying involved. Egg beaters may be substituted
Cut the Ham in cubes and chop vegetables. Place each side ingredient in a separate bowl with a serving spoon.
Scramble 2, 3, or 4 eggs in a bowl (small, medium and large serving) and pour into a quart freezer bag.
Let the guests pick their add-ins and place a spoonful of each of their choices. Zip the bag shut, forcing as much air out as possible. Drop bag(s) into a large pot of boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes or until egg is firm. Cut open the bag close to the omelet and spill onto a plate. Guests can add salt, pepper or hot sauce to taste.
|Time:||30 Minutes Preparation Time|
5 Minutes Cooking Time
By Marcia Kania from Graytown, Ohio
Editor's Note: Ziplock does not recommend boiling their bags, but say that their freezer bags are microwave safe. There are no BPA concerns with Ziplock brand bags, this may not be true with off brands.
Add ingredients in the freezer zip lock bag, close bag and release air out of bag; "massage" the ingredients until well mixed; drop into the boiling water and boil for 13 minutes only. Remove carefully from water; open bag slowly to release steam; roll omelet out of bag onto a plate.
This is a great recipe for camping or a sleep-over for teenagers. Each person can prepare their own freezer zip lock bag with the omelet ingredients. Adult supervision should be used for removal of the bags from the boiling water.
This recipe was adapted from a PBS Hunting Show.
By WandaJo from Collierville
Put all ingredients in freezer bag; squeeze bag until ingredients are well blended. Drop into boiling water for 13 minutes only!
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If it's not safe to use Ziplock bags for your eggs in a bag, what do you suggest we use?
I went to the Johnson company and this is what I read.
Ziploc® Zip 'n Steam® Microwave Cooking Bags combine the taste and nutritional benefits of steam cooking with all the convenience of your microwave.
Makes 1 Serving
3 fresh mushrooms, cleaned and chopped (about 1/4 cup)
2 Tablespoons shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
2 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 Tablespoon butter, cut into 4 small pieces
1/8 teaspoon salt
1.Fold top edge of a Medium Ziploc® Brand Zip 'n Steam® bag out and down to keep bag open. Crack 3 eggs directly into bag. (Alternately, crack eggs into small bowl and pour into bag.)
2. Add the mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes, butter and salt to the bag
3. Seal bag. Squeeze eggs to break yolks. Continue squeezing or gently shaking bag until ingredients are thoroughly combined..
4. Place bag in microwave. Cook on full power for 2 1/2 minutes or until eggs are fully cooked and firm throughout with no liquid egg remaining. If needed, continue microwaving at 30-second intervals until omelet is done.
5. Allow bag to stand for 1 minute before opening.
6 Carefully open bag and slide out omelet. Fold omelet and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.
You can use the special microwave cooking bags but do not reuse them for food again after the first use. There are also assorted types of reusable microwave egg cookers available and can be found in many grocery stores or stores like WalMart and Target. They include omelet makers, poachers, boilers and individual egg cookers. Here are photos of examples:
Why use plastic? I have some small salad bowls. I put a tiny drop of oil in the bottom, crack an egg on the side, slide it into the bowl. Put bowl in microwave, cook. Ready for table, no extra dishes and best of all no plastic.
If you're going to do omelets or burritos for a group, just prep your add-ins ahead of time, put into individual bowls with spoons/forks, and scramble all your eggs at once. let everyone put however much of whatever onto their plates or a tortilla, and you're good to go. This works really well for camping trip breakfasts as well as sleep-overs.
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Scramble eggs in a small bowl, or, in a blender with a touch of water (not milk) and blend until frothy.
This is a fun, easy and fast way to make all those different omelets, for a family breakfast.
Put the various chopped ingredients you may want, into individual bowls. (ham, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, onions, etc.)
Give each person a ziplock freezer bag, with their name written on it in permanent marker, and 2 eggs cracked into it. Have everyone add their own ingredients into the bag they have. Zip up the bags. Now you have your individual omelets ready to cook. You can place all of the bags in a large pot of water, you have pre-boiled. Boil this for 15 - 20 minutes. You can take this time to make toast, or the rest of the meal. Each omelet will slide out of the bag, and onto the plate, of whoever created it and they all are ready at the same time! No more waiting for everyone's to be cooked, one at a time! (These can also be done in the microwave, in individual bowls.)
We do this on holidays, when we have a lot of family eating together.
We too have done this for many years. It makes a GREAT CAMPING breakfast. Just slice and dice meats, cheese and veges before leaving home. store in ziplock bags until ready to assemble. Also, very good idea for scouts. (10/03/2005)
By D. Gierlach
We also do this recipe, but our family adds what we think puts the "icing on the cake": After the omelettes are on your plates, cooked, add a tbsp of mild salsa and a tbsp of sour cream. So yummy and adds such a wonderful taste. (11/07/2005)